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Hi I'm Alana

I'm very much me. I read and run and learn and grow. I knit, spend time with friends. I live and love.

About Me

I'm currently a college student studying civil engineering. If you were to know anything about me, then perhaps the first thing you should know is that I love to learn. It's amazing to me, all the things around us that are out there to explore. That's another thing. I love to go on adventures. Even small ones, like exploring a basement. Or larger ones, like running through a forest. I also very much like the beauty of this earth. The sky is especially amazing to me. It's very simply wonderful to see how the painting of the clouds changes against the beautiful background of the sky. Back to being a civil engineer. I want to be one because I love to create things. That's also why I knit. I want to create things that will stand forever, that people will use and love. That's me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. Both of my parents are members, though both of their lines don't go very far back. When I was young it was very easy to be a part of the church; it was what was expected. I read my scriptures, and said my prayers, and had the seed of faith that has been the start of my testimony. That seed didn't really grow though until I was about twelve. That was the beginning of my true conversion to the church. I was asked for my testimony. Up until that point, it had never truly been required of me. I had depended, I suppose, on the faith of my parents and my trust that they knew what was right. When I was asked for my own I realized that it didn't truly exist in any sort of full capacity. So I spent a few weeks trying to find it. What very much struck me when I sought to open my eyes to the world and the gospel, was that the world Heaveny Father has given us is so beautiful. When I sat down to ponder all the things of this earth, all the many advantages we have been blessed with, our amazing bodies and minds, I couldn't help but believe that there is a God, a loving Father, who created us all in his image and placed us here so that we could one day be like him. This realization is the foundation of my testimony, and it has been growing ever since. Today I remain a member of the church because I understand its truth, and that I need this truth to sustain me. There are yet many more things I need to learn, things that aren't taught at a university. These are the things that I come to church to hear. I know I can not do it on my own. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that my Father in Heaven loves me, and that I am his daughter. He sent me here to grow and become like Him. He has sent us living prophets to help us, and many books of doctrine to guide us. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. Thomas S. Monson is his prophet on the earth today. I love my Father in Heaven. I'm trying to know Him better.

How I live my faith

There are many ways in which I live my faith, and I truly live my faith. Religion is not something that I simply do on Sundays. Every day as I go about in the world I try to look and see the small miracles around me. The sun rising. The grass growing. My mind learning and expanding. I like to find these blessings in my life, so I can remember to thank God for them in my prayers. As I have grown in my faith I've also come to a greater understanding of the fact that we are all God's children. Sometimes it's hard to understand that, especially when people hurt you. But it's awe-inspiring to think that our Father in Heaven loves every single one of His children here on this earth. At times like those it's almost hard not to look on your neighbor with kindness. So as I pursue my works in the day, I try to remember that those people whom I do not get along with terribly well are also God's children. This realization helps me to push past our collective differences and forge better friendships. It is a knowledge that I truly appreciate having gained from the gospel. There are many small and simple ways we all live the faith. There are many more that I do in my life, but these are the biggest things, and some of the simplest.